Action Center

The Piedmont Environmental Council hosts advocacy campaigns on a variety of local, state and (sometimes) federal issues. We let supporters know about these campaigns through email alerts and social media. If you haven’t already signed up, you can sign up for email alerts today! You can also find us on Facebook, on Twitter or on Instagram.

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Updates from the 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session:

  • 2/18/21: Good news! HJ 527, a study resolution we helped draft related to the sale of invasive plants, has passed the house and senate and is on its way to the governor’s desk.
  • 2/18/21: More good news! Our priority land conservation legislation, HB 1760 / SB 1199, which preserves the integrity of all existing conservation easements has passed and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

List of current PEC advocacy campaigns or petitions:

Take Action — Righting a Wrong: Help Bring Untold Histories to Light

Budget amendment 385 #5S (McClellan) provides $250,000 to the Department of Historic Resources (DHR) for the surveying of historic resources related to African American and Virginia Indian communities. 

Ask Your State Delegate to Support More Funding for Farmland Preservation

Budget amendment 97 #2h (Gooditis) would provide an additional $2 million to the Farmland Preservation Fund grant program (current funding is only $250,000), providing much-needed matching funds and encouraging other localities to adopt Purchase of Development Rights programs of their own.

Ask VDOT and the Rappahannock Board to consider rehabilitating the Jordan River Bridge

A beloved local resource in Rappahannock County, the Jordan River Bridge, is under threat and slated for demolition and replacement this summer. Ask VDOT and the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors to fully vet options for rehabilitation including related cost estimates before making any final decisions on the fate of the bridge. 

Charlottesville/Albemarle Letter: Support the Jefferson Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Add your name or business/organization to our letter of support for the Jefferson Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. 

Support the Virginia Energy Reform Act

The Virginia Energy Reform Act would restructure our outdated energy market into one that provides energy choice, protects consumers, assists low-income communities, and holds utilities accountable for poor performance. It has been tabled until 2021, but it won’t hurt to contact your state legislators today!

Sign the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition Petition

The Virginia Energy Reform Coalition (VERC) is a group of stakeholders, including PEC, representing a broad spectrum of interests who are calling for reforms needed to create a modern, 21st century grid that lowers prices, increases choices for ratepayers, and improves the environment, all while maintaining reliability. Learn more and sign the petition!

Town To Trail Petition

Add your name to our petition to show support for trails and parks in Gordonsville in Orange County. 

Loudoun Petition: HOA Residents for Sustainable Landscaping

More than 60% of Loudoun residents are part of an HOA. Join with friends, neighbors and community members in showing support for sustainable landscaping practices at HOAs across Loudoun County.

Charlottesville/Albemarle Petition

This petition is a simple way to show elected officials in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville that residents want better, more connected, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.